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18.August.1973 at 00:00
Sports Grand , Sydney
Attendance: 31000
Australia
3 - 0
Iran
Referee: Rudolf Scheurer (Switzerland) World Cup Qualifier-match

Goalscorers
Adrian ALSTON (42)
Attila ABONYI (46)
Peter WILSON (85)
None.
Opening squads
Jim FRASER (GK)
Doug UTJESENOVIC
Col CURRRAN
John WATKISS
Peter WILSON
Attila ABONYI
Johnny WARREN
Jimmy McCKAY
Jimmy ROONY
Ray BAARTZ
Adrian ALSTON
Nasser HEJAZI
Ebrahim ASHTIANI
Mehdi LAVASANI
Jaffar KASHANI
Akbar KARGARJAM
Parviz GHLEECHKHANI
Mehdi MONAJATI
Javad GHURAB
Mohammadreza ADELKHANI
Gholamhossein MAZLOOMI
Ismael HAJ RAHIMIPOUR
Substitutes
Bill VOJTEK Mohammad SADEGHI
Safar IRANPAK
Substitutions
Bill VOJTEK ->Adrian ALSTON (76) Safar IRANPAK -> Ismael HAJ RAHIMIPOUR (26)
Mohammad SADEGHI -> Safar IRANPAK (46)
Yellow cards
None None.
Red cards
None None.
Match report

Adelkhani vs. Australia
Pictures from the match
Coaches:
Iran :Mahmoud Bayati
Australia: Zvonimir Rasic
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SYDNEY. — Australia is virtually assured of a place ¡n next year’s World Cup soccer finals ¡n Munich after its 3-0 victory over Iran at the Sydney’s Sports Ground on Saturday.
The two match tie against Iran seems sewn up and the final elimination round is against South Korea which has never beaten Australia.
Iran must win Friday’s return match in Tehran by four goals to qualify for the final elimination round against South Korea.
And since Zvonimir Rasic took over as national coach in 1970, Australia has never been beaten by more than three goals. He will hardly allow It to happen in Tehran.

South Korea has failed to beat Australia in the five matches the teams have played since 1967.
The scores have been 1967— 3.2: 1969 (World Cup—2-1, 1-1; 1972—1-1, 2-0.
I was only a mediocre Performance by Australia on Saturday and Iran appeared highly overrated.
Its strikers did not have a single scoring opportunity and its defense was shaky.

Only former Bayern Munich player Reza Adelkhani and Captain Parviz Ghelchkhani showed above average ability.

The Australians were faster, stronger and more purposeful but played shoddy soccer after scoring their second goal five seconds after halftime.
Their midfield trio of John Warren, Ray Richards and Jim Mackay was disappointing.
Richards , usually the dynamo of the team, said after the match:
“It was not one or my best games. I could have done much better.”
Warren, who had been ill the previous night, was virtually unsighted during the Second half and Mackay. the best of the trio, was not as imaginative or as mobile as usual.
Coach Rasic, who has pinned his hope on a winning midfield, said: “if you can win 3-0 with players below form you must be doing fairly well.”
“Anyway, our full-backs, Col Curran and Doug Utjesenovic, made up for the midfield weakness with their brilliant overlapping “
Indeed, Curran and Utjesenovic were the best players afield.
Adrian Alston’s opportunist goal on the 43rd minute and Peter Wilson’s five minutes from the end came from perfectly placed free kicks by Utjesenovic.

But it was Attila Abonyl who electrified the crowd of 30,881.

He didn’t get enough of the ball after the interval but In the first half he was the outstanding player of the match.

In probably his finest 45minutes of International football, Abonyl celebrated this 27th birthday by tying the Iranian defence in knots and shooting at every opportunity.
His efforts were rewarded with a goal five seconds after half-time

From the kick off , Ray Baartz won the ball, went on a mazy run towards goal and slipped the ball out to Abonyl who slammed it home from an acute angle.


“We decided at half time that we will blitz the Iranians to break their spirits” Rasic said after the match.

“But after our second goal, the excitement of the day caught up with our players and many of them did not play according to plan and instructions.”

Skipper Peter Wilson must have been fed up with his teammate’s unproductive play. With five minutes to go he left his defensive post, positioned himself in the penalty area and headed home a 30 yard free kick by Utjesenovic.
The Australian team flew to Tehran yesterday for the return match which will be televised live by ABC on Friday night.
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